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2008-07-23 09:00:39

By Rocky Mountian News Fire crews announced the Oxyoke Fire west of Castle Rock was 100 percent contained at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, and all evacuated residents were allowed to return to the area.The fire, on Pike National Forest land in Douglas and Jefferson counties, burned about 110 acres.Mop-up operations and cooling the smoldering trees and logs could take several days.The cause of the fire remains unknown. Originally published by Rocky Mountian News. (c) 2008 Rocky Mountain News....

2008-07-21 03:00:25

By Hazlehurst, John During the last 10 years, mountain pine beetles have killed more than 1.5 million acres of lodgepole pines statewide. Summit County, home to Colorado's ski industry, has been particularly hard hit. The verdant forests that once framed Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Beaver Creek are dying, attacked by an invading army of microscopic beetles less than an eighth of an inch in length. Tens of thousands of acres of dead or dying trees now surround...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

By Dave Philipps, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Jul. 10--Hidden in a grassy basin on the eastern plains, the Paint Mines is a trove of whimsical hoodoos made from bright, sherbetcolored stone. For generations, this geologic oddity on the plains has drawn people to it. Archaeological evidence suggests that paleolithic hunters camped in the area during thousands of years, using the regional clay to make crude cooking vessels. In modern times, it has been an engaging day trip for city...

2008-07-06 18:00:15

By Pam Zubeck, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Jul. 6--Colorado Springs' proposed $1 billion Southern Delivery System came under sharp criticism in the nearly 400 comments submitted to a federal agency preparing an environmental report on the water pipeline project. Among them are concerns about the degradation of Fountain Creek, destruction of archaeological artifacts, energy use and water quality in the Arkansas River downstream. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently released...

2008-07-03 12:00:00

By Loretta Sword, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. Jul. 3--Bacteria levels in Fountain and Wild Horse creeks remain at unsafe levels and residents are advised not to wade or fish in either creek. Sarah Bruestle, public information officer at the Pueblo City-County Health Department, said Wednesday the unsafe bacteria levels are more likely the result of storm runoff carrying animal feces and other materials into the creeks than because of sewage spills. Weekly testing during the past three...

2008-06-25 15:00:00

By Barry Noreen, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Jun. 25--Manitou Springs, eclectic home to covens, a cog railway and the fruitcake toss, must have a lot going for it. How else could we explain why one-third of the 1,350 students in Manitou Springs School District 14 live in another school district, yet their parents choose to send them there? The percentage is higher at Manitou Springs High School, where 40 percent of the student body resides elsewhere. "The school is really...

2008-03-22 21:00:15

By Brian Newsome, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Mar. 22--No one knows why, but more Colorado Springs residents kill themselves than do residents in all other major U.S. cities but one. Only Las Vegas has a higher suicide rate among the top 54 urban areas in the U.S., according to a 2007 report by the National Association of County & City Health Officials. And while Las Vegas and the cities with the third- and fourth-highest suicide rates have the country's highest death rates...


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Pike National Forest
2014-01-20 10:14:06

The Pike National Forest can be found in the Front Range of Colorado, USA, and westwards of the Colorado Springs and includes Pikes Peak. The forest covers 1,106,604 acres within Teller, Clear Creek, Jefferson, El Paso, and Douglas counties. The main rivers the drain the forests are the South Platte and Fountain Creek, Rampart Reservoir, a large synthetic body of water, can be found within the forest. The forest gets its name from the American explorer Zebulon Pike. A lot of the bedrock...

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